Although it has often been said that Frida’s work stands apart from that of her husband, the painter and muralist Diego Rivera, there is no doubt that it was under his influence that early in her career she undertook to paint a series of portraits of Mexican indigenous children; paintings with attractive mixes of colors following the tradition of popular art from Mexico. Portrait of Virginia was executed in 1929, shortly after Frida and Diego got married.
Although Frida’s pictorial technique was not fully developed at the time, the painting possesses a magnetism that comes from the subject herself: seated on a chair, with anything around her that can distract the attention of the viewer, she fixes her gaze straight ahead. The painter has given special care to the details of the olive green dress with its red polka dots and to the facial expression of the model. The background is treated simplier, divided into two areas of purple and yellow.